Martin Ollman

Haig Park Activities

Haig Park Experiments was a City Renewal Authority project trialling a range of temporary events, activities and light-touch park improvements to create meaningful connections to the park for surrounding residents and wider Canberra. Dionysus worked in a consortium including Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Tait Network, and led by University of Canberra.

In 2020, the program extended to include less experimental and more long-term focussed projects to harness the incredible uplift and repetitional changes achieved in 2019.

Client

City Renewal Authority, ACT Government

Purpose

Events, installations and community-focussed activities to revitalise Haig Park, in Canberra's Inner North.

Roles

Major events management and communications for Haig Park, plus project management in 2020

When

April 2019 - December 2019 and August 2020 onwards

Initiatives

Planning Excellence Award (Best Planning Ideas – Small Project) - Planning Institute Award of Australia (ACT)

Project calendar

Project
Client
Purpose
Roles
When

Festival of the Forest

Ins and outs:

ELM (main stage)

RADIATA…

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Winter time festival focused around the act of keeping warm and celebrating seasonal diversity with food, music and performances.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate.

Size

~6000 attendees

When

Saturday 24th August 2019, 1-7pm

Where

Haig Park in between Mort and Lonsdale St

Pat Rose

Forest of Light

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

A free night light art photography workshop in the forest.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate.

Size

~250 attendees

When

31st August 2019

Where

Haig Park

Heidi Duncan

Dog Agility Equipment

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To provide a permanent competition-grade dog agility course for dog owners and groups around Canberra.

Roles

Manage on behalf of City Renewal Authority

Size

Expected audience ~5000

Where

Haig park, close to the community centre

Established

Installed end of February 2021

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Books Up a Tree

Client

CIty Renewal Authority

Purpose

Curated books hidden in the trees, containing little messages relevant to the book and context, letting people feel welcome to explore the park.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate.

Size

~250 attendees

When

March onwards

Where

Whole of Haig Park

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Ngala Noticeboard

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

One beautiful noticeboard to promote the activities of the Ngala Social Club with playful directional signage (nature play, bathrooms, dog gear, Lonsdale St, Ngunnawal icons, etc).

Roles

Manage on behalf of City Renewal Authority.

Size

~5000 roving audience

When

Installation in early May

Where

South end of Lonsdale-Henty pathway, Haig Park

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Play Outside Day

Client

City Renewal Authority

Purpose

Interactive activities and live music in the park as a continuation of the 2019 Kids Movement Festival.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate.

Size

~800 attendees expected

When

First Saturday of every month, starting in May

Where

Eastern end of Haig Park

Martin Ollman

Little People's Big Day Out - Ainslie Primary School

Client

Ainslie Primary School, City Renewal Authority

Purpose

To vibrate the park with the bands of Ainslie Primary School’s senior music program.

Roles

Communicate and support

When

30th of March 2021

Where

Eastern end of Haig Park

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